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The Hot Spot: Jeff Hunt Band

JHB/Courtesy<br>Mesa’s Jeff Hunt

JHB/Courtesy<br>Mesa’s Jeff Hunt

So, did you all miss me? Of course you did! Sorry for the absence. Had to take care of some health stuff ... but I'm back with a vengeance. And none too soon, for Saturday was one amazing night!

Coyote Joe's featured The CheekTones, who kept everybody dancing to their awesome tunes. Annie's Attic indulged everybody's addiction to outstanding music by hosting Sweet Nasty. The Bird Cage brought my favorite cover band, Stompbox, up from the Valley once again. So all in all, it was a fantastic evening with some of the best bands performing all over the place, keeping me running back and forth.

And as though all that wasn't enough, I stopped at Hooligan's and I am so very glad I did. Hooligan's has definitely stepped up their game and is becoming quite the contender for The Hot Spot. The week before last they featured Prescott's favorite blues-icians, Road 1 South. Saturday night they premiered the Jeff Hunt Band from Mesa. My mission now is to bring that band back up here as soon as possible.

Comprising three brothers and their three friends, the Jeff Hunt Band brought an amazing energy to Hooligan's stage. As usual, I was initially quite skeptical about yet another cover band, especially when I heard that they cover Michael Jackson as well as Lady Gaga and everything in between. Needless to say, I got schooled once again.

Brothers Jeff (lead vox/guitar/piano/ukulele), Jace (bass/guitar/harmonica/vox) and Josh (percussion/piano/vox), together with Brad Vahling (violin/vox), Randy Kellogg (drums/vox), and Seth Wilks (guitar/bass/vox) unite to present one of the most versatile bands I've seen in a long time. The sound is very crisp; the notes are spot on, the vocals unbelievably strong with an amazing range.

The show is full of surprises, which keeps it interesting and fun. I was astonished at the level of talent these youngsters displayed. They tell me that they have a lot of original songs, but (as most bands are all too aware of) in order to get booked they have to do a lot of covers. Well, I for one am very willing to listen to their originals, because they have certainly proved to me their musical competence, and judging from the audience participation on Saturday, I am not the only one who absolutely loved their performance.

Happiness to me is finding that new band that exceeds my expectations and surprises me with a superb performance. The Jeff Hunt Band definitely is that band and I can't wait to see them again soon. They had me laughing at their antics, dancing to their tunes, and they definitely left me wanting more.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are ready to round out the holiday weekend with some serious dancing. Friday, Nov. 25: Annie's Attic hosts Spafford at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, you can experience The CheekTones at Coyote Joe's at 8 p.m., and FiLaBuStA at Annie's Attic starting at 9:30. The Bird Cage presents the band Zimis for both nights beginning at 9 p.m.

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